These days, my company is doing a lot of interviews for both Junior and Senior Developers. Most of the Juniors are happy to do the basic programming (just some for loop test) and the IQ Test. Of course, there were some who refused and just left. The thing that got my attention is not the result of the test, rather the number of Senior Candidates refused to come to the interview and even when they came, they refused to do the test and asked for direct interview.
A big question came out of my mind: WHY? I guess, most of them felt: Offended. I asked around and most of the answers i got:
Senior Developer does not want to take the test since they think they are better, they feel offended. And the test does not tell anything about them.
And some of them look down on the company that send the invitation.
That’s fine and we respect that. We are happy to learn that we should change the hiring process to fit the situation. Yeah. And we actually did change:
So, now, we remove the test for Sr. Developer candidates. And we do interview directly instead.
However, it did still not make much sense to me. Then I asked myself, what if I am looking for a job, and they ask me to do the test. This came out of my mind:
And i recalled that it is actually natural. When i was in the school or university, I got those feeling when the teacher gave me the test. Even I was a good student. Still the same feeling. Not really a good or bad thing. It is just a fact that we have to deal with 🙂
So far we are happy with the hiring result. We have many candidates applied for the Job Ad. And lost of them have very high skills.
We keep interviewing, we keep hiring 🙂